Highland Park vs Mesquite Horn

This is the big one.

When Highland Park learned it was going to be in 6A, its coaches immediately circled October 10 as the biggest challenge. Mesquite Horn. With 11 starters returning from a 9-3 area finalist team, many predicted the Jaguars to be the team to beat, but Highland Park was the pre-season pick to win the district.

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Sure enough, it looks like the district championship will be determined at Hanby Stadium on Friday.

This will indeed be the biggest challenge for the 5-0 Scots. The 4-1 Jaguars lost only to an undefeated Rockwall team but they have impressive wins over Duncanville and McKinney Boyd. The secret weapon Horn brings into the game is head coach Mike Overton who knows the Scots well from his days as the coach at West Mesquite. The fact that Horn is loaded with D1 talent is no surprise. One of the best offensive linemen in the state, Connor Dyer, will be playing for Texas Tech next year. Two wide receivers – Emmanuel Ogwo and Jarrison Stewart – have committed to play for Iowa and TCU. And neither one is the leading receiver on the team. Kakpa Mansaray has caught 22 passes for 308 yards to lead the team.

Statistically, these two teams match up. Horn QB Chris Robison has completed 76 of 136 passes for 1,339 yards and 14 touchdowns. HP’s Brady Burgin has completed 80 of 126 passes for 1,223 yards and 12 touchdowns. Horn is averaging 910 yards on the ground compared to HP’s 840. While the Scots are scoring 46.8 yards per game (compared to the Jaguars’ 33.2), I think the game will be determined by the Highland Park defense. While The Dallas Morning News picks Horn to win, 28-24, I think the Scots defense will hold the Jags to under 24 and I think Burgin’s balanced offense will score more than 30.

When the Scots start slow, they have adjusted at halftime and won the second half. That may happen again this Friday, but if the hole is too big, even a big second half won’t help. This is the first team HP will play that is loaded with college players. Like many teams the Scots face, these Jaguars are foaming at the mouth to snap the Scots’ 36-game district winning streak. Their extra step of quickness will challenge the Scots’ air game.

But there is something about rising to the occasion that makes Highland Park football unique. They have the bitter taste in their mouths of being picked to lose the game. The individuals on the team will reach deep inside and find a gear they didn’t know they had … but they know they’ll need it against a talented team like this.
Horn has D1 talent. Scots got pride.

That will be the difference.

J.J. Pearce Coaches and Administration


Dr. Kay Waggoner


Philip Bates

Director of Athletics

Bob Dubey

Assistant Director of


Leslie Slovak

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Assistant Coaches

Steven Anthony

Mike Cranfill

Mark Furgeson

Chip Garber

Colby Goodman

Drew Harden

Kareem Hart

Daniel Meager

Adam Naron

Joe Sawyer

Anthony Travis

Athletic Trainers

Kevin Pitts

Tara Eskridge

Band Director

John Alstrin

Dance Team Director

Kari Roan

Cheer Coach

Julie Brantley

Emily Allen


Green & White

J.J. Pearce Roster

No. Name Position Class

1 Kevin Garcia DB 11

2 Preston Ghanfili DB 12

3 Adam Reishus WR 12

4 Ryan Hart WR 12

5 Ryan Denne DB 11

6 Jake Griffin WR 11

7 Austin Noland QB 12

8 Dominic Reyes DB 12

9 Reese Svetgoff WR 12

10 Tyler Dayley QB 11

11 Hank Hughes QB 11

12 Connor Rennick WR 12

13 Harley Mandell LB 12

14 Josh Mondares DB 12

15 Clipp McKeen WR 12

16 Sam Snyder QB 11

18 Spencer Lange K 12

19 Daniel Cullinane WR 11

20 Otis Blanton RB 10

21 Kalvin Clavir DB 11

22 Alex Silva RB 12

23 Max Beckum DB 12

24 Matt Lane DB 12

25 Christopher Hill DB 11

26 Enie Carrasco DB 10

27 Jake Hercamp RB 12

28 Trey Coleman WR 11

29 Jacob Wells RB 11

30 Micah Thomas DB 11

32 Stone Sawyer LB 10

33 Joaquin Montenegro RB 11

34 Daniel Lee DB 11

36 Nick Reedy DL 11

37 Jonathan Briones LB 11

38 Travis Barnett LB 11

39 Dakota Pearle DB 12

No. Name Position Class

41 Arrian Curry DB 12

42 Arash Hajheydari DE 12

44 Michael Orozco LB 12

45 Rob Kuhne DB 12

46 Graham Knox LB 11

47 Kaleb Gillenwater LB 12

48 Jacob Trevino DB 12

50 Evan Spitzer DL 11

52 Chris Cullinane OL 11

53 Alec Harmon OL 12

54 Farbode Karimi DE 12

55 Alex Ewing OL 11

57 Sam Davis OL 12

58 Blake Everett DE 11

59 Freddy Contreras DE 12

61 Patrick Ancelin OL 11

62 Ryan Cafiero DE 11

63 Julio Duran OL 11

64 Eriq Diaz DL 12

65 Andrew Arnold OL 12

71 Kenneth Lawrence OL 12

72 Jack Headlee OL 11

73 Will Hodge OL 11

74 Jack Davis OL 9

76 Dujuan Wooten DE 11

78 Patrick Mulvihill OL 12

79 Anthony Meyers OL 11

80 Jack Watson WR 10

82 Toby Fowler WR 11

84 Exavier Collins DB 11

85 Rhett Middleton WR 11

88 Joshua Ochoa WR 12

90 Keevron Williams DL 12

91 Sean Rosini DE 11

92 Kasra Karimi DL 12

94 Angel Santos DE 12

Bold indicates

returning lettermen.

* indicates returning

two-year starter

Number 84, Doak Walker’s

Highland Park High School

uniform number from

1944, was retired in 1998.